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Sep 12, 2018
Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is inviting community organisations to apply to the Mendip Hills Fund grants programme, but the clock is ticking! The 2018 round of the programme is open to new applications until October 31, 2018. The programme is particularly interested in projects that benefit communities and the environment of the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty.
Aug 28, 2018
There is good news for Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) and the wider network of charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises working in the heart of our communities, following an announcement in the Government’s Civil Society Strategy, released earlier this month [09/08/2018]. Click through to read more.
Aug 23, 2018
Wessex Water, in partnership with Somerset Community Foundation, is offering grants of up to £1,500 to organisations that build cohesion in communities, with priority given to smaller groups that work in areas of financial deprivation or rural isolation – and/or work to raise awareness of drinking water for healthy living or saving water.
Aug 20, 2018
A further nine local groups are set to benefit from £40,000 worth of funding in the fourth round of the Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme. Administered by Somerset Community Foundation, the fund aims to mitigate the impacts and take advantage of the opportunities of the Hinkley Point C project. .
Aug 13, 2018
Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is looking for an individual who is passionate about Somerset, with good local knowledge of Bridgwater and the wider Sedgemoor area, to become one of three independent members serving in a voluntary capacity on the Hinkley Point C Community Fund Awards Panel.
Aug 9, 2018
Defibrillators can save lives - especially in remote village locations where response times are longer than the national target. Three perviously derelict telephone boxes located in villages in the Borough of Taunton Deane have now been lovingly restored to their former glory by volunteers in the Parish of Creech St Michael – with the installation of some smart new defibrillators, and with the help of a grant from our TDBC Defibrillator Fund.
Jul 24, 2018
Grants of up to £1,000 are once again available for local charities, voluntary or community groups, sports clubs, or social enterprises based within either Taunton Deane or West Somerset and the deadline to apply is Friday 14 September.
Jul 24, 2018
Liz Simmons, our VCSE Strategic Project coordinator, in partnership with Somerset County Council, updates us on plans for the future.
Jul 24, 2018
CQC (Care Quality Commission) have recently published their end of programme report, Beyond Barriers, reviewing how older people move through our health care system. They found that services need to work better together and that organisations in the voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) sector are under-utilised.
Jul 23, 2018
The village of Henton held its annual Summer Fete recently, raising over £3,000 for the village church and £320 for its chosen charity of the year, Somerset Community Foundation.
Jul 23, 2018
We ask everyone who has applied for a grant from us to complete a customer satisfaction survey. Here are results of the survey, what we think they mean, and what we plan to do in response.
Jul 23, 2018
The Hinkley Point C Community Fund Strategic Grants Programme, which focuses on community cohesion, has made its first awards. Six local groups will benefit from funding, totalling in the region of £650,000.
Jul 19, 2018
Mary's Beat, a memorial fund that was established last year to support individuals with physical and/or learning disabilities to access music therapy and outdoor adventures, has awarded its first two grants.
Jun 25, 2018

The final deadline for local community groups who work with young people to apply for a grant from this year's #iwill Fund is Friday 10 August. Grants of £1,000-£5,000 are now available and the #iwill Fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), aims to encourage youth social action among young people aged between 10 and 20 years, and up to 25 for disabled young people.

May 24, 2018
The Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme, administered by Somerset Community Foundation, has awarded six new grants, which total over £33,000 in this third round of awards.  The awards have been made to Somerset Area Cruse Bereavement Care, Bridgwater; Friends of Berrow Beach, Burnham-on-Sea; Nourish Bumps, Babies and Breastfeeding, Cannington; The Quantock Foodbank, Watchet; Minehead Cycling Club, Minehead; and Wembdon Cricket Club.
May 24, 2018
Liz Simmons, our VCSE Strategic Project coordinator, in partnership with Somerset County Council, reports back from a very successful VCSE Leaders' Conference.
May 24, 2018
Mental health charities in Somerset and Dorset are to receive a long-term boost thanks to the generosity of the founder and the trustees of the Graham Burrough Charitable Trust, who have chosen to wind the charity up after 20 years of helping people living with mental health problems. Somerset and Dorset Community Foundations will invest the Trust's funds as part of their endowments and the income will be used to support local grassroots projects helping people living with mental health problems.
May 22, 2018
Perrys Recycling has created an easy and straightforward way for people in Somerset to raise money for their local community: by recycling their unwanted paper in their Charity Paper Banks. For every tonne of paper recycled through one of the dozens of paper banks located at supermarket car parks across the county, £10 is donated to Somerset Community Foundation.
May 21, 2018

Piers and Rachel Dyer will be using vintage pedal power to cycle over 800 miles in less than a month this summer, raising funds for Mary’s Beat.

Mary’s Beat is a charitable fund for people living in Somerset or Devon with physical and/or learning disabilities, to gain access to music or outdoor activities. The fund, which was set up after Mary Christabel Dyer sadly died in 2017, is administered by Somerset Community Foundation.

May 9, 2018
The Hidden Needs Trust’s (HNT) latest fundraising idea for Somerset and Dorset’s Opportunity Groups is a physical challenge with a difference! Taking place at the Sherborne Summer Festival on Saturday 16 June, Rachel Goodfellow, founder and fundraiser at HNT, is planning on completing a marathon in a specially modified ‘Motivation’ sports racing wheelchair.
May 2, 2018
Mugs of tea, biscuits and cake were in plentiful supply at the official Somerset Levels and Moors Shed (SLaMS) relocation opening ceremony last month [April 2018]. The Men’s Shed, which has previously benefitted from grant funding from Somerset Community Foundation, recently moved to a larger premises in Bridgwater, having outgrown their original premises in Burrowbridge.
Apr 26, 2018
Somerset West Lottery’s Local Community Funds have awarded their first round of grants, with £13,765 distributed to community groups and sports clubs across Taunton Deane and West Somerset.
Apr 23, 2018
Somerset VCSE Strategic Forum's annual Leaders' Conference, which is being held on Wednesday 9 May, in Victoria Park Community Centre in Bridgwater, is a great excuse for CEOs, senior managers and Chairs to take some time out of their busy schedules. This year's theme is The Future of Social Action in Somerset and will be an exciting opportunity to hear from leading practitioners and thinkers.
Apr 17, 2018
The two latest groups to benefit from the Somerset Social Enterprise Fund (SSEF) are We Hear You, based in Frome, and GrassRoots Power, based in Taunton. Click through to read more about the groups' funding and what they plan to use it for.
Apr 9, 2018

Six more local groups are set to benefit from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme administered by Somerset Community Foundation.

The grants, which total almost £30,000 in this second round, have been awarded to Old Cleeve Community Hall, Old Cleeve; St. Francis Holiday Club, Bridgwater; Bridgwater Cricket Club; Work-wise, Taunton; Wilstockhub, Wilstock; and Friends of Minehead First School, Minehead.

Mar 15, 2018
Social enterprises from across Somerset attended our inaugural Ready, Steady, Grow! workshop earlier this month at Monks Yard, Ilminster.
Mar 14, 2018
On a very spring-like day earlier this month, we welcomed Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex to our office. The Countess, who arrived by Royal helicopter, met with SCF trustees and senior staff where they discussed how the lack of social mobility in Somerset was a growing problem and among the worst in the country, and ways that SCF will be tackling this and other issues that young people in our county face today. The Countess then met with representatives from three groups that provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people in our communities, all of whom have previously received grant funding from SCF.
Mar 12, 2018

Yeovil Opportunity Group (YOG), who provide specialist care to pre-school children with additional needs and their families, have recently been awarded a £3,000 grant from Somerset Community Foundation - which includes a contribution from Hidden Needs Trust (HNT).

Mar 7, 2018

Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is delighted to announce that its 2017/18 Surviving Winter campaign has reached its fundraising target of £100,000!

Thanks to the inspiration of one Somerset pensioner, hundreds of vulnerable older people in our communities can look forward to a warmer and more sociable winter each year. Since Surviving Winter first launched in Somerset in 2010, the appeal has raised an astounding £600,000 in total for the county, with the nationwide campaign raising over £550,000 since October 2017.

Mar 6, 2018
Groups working with young people that may be eligible to apply for grants from the #iwill Fund are encouraged to submit their applications to Somerset Community Foundation by the deadline of Friday 11 May. The #iwill Fund aims to encourage youth social action among young people aged between 10 and 20 years, and up to 25 for disabled young people.
Feb 28, 2018
Somerset Community Foundation has recently awarded grants totalling £17,859 to 19 groups based in the Taunton Deane area.  Local charities, community groups and social enterprises, based within the Borough, applied for funding for projects, capital purchases or ongoing running costs.
Feb 21, 2018
Twenty chief executives and senior executives from the charity and voluntary sector recently attended the second Good Lunch, earlier this month. The inspiring networking event is held every four months for senior charity leaders, and the next event is being planned for June.
Feb 21, 2018
Ten organisations that are working with communities in Somerset who are feeling the effects of the development of Hinkley Point C have successfully made it through to the second round of the Community Cohesion grants programme.
Feb 12, 2018
Somerset Community Foundation’s award-winning Surviving Winter appeal has almost reached its target and is now standing at £97,500. With just £2,500 to raise before reaching their target of £100,000, SCF’s CEO Justin Sargent is urging people to donate.
Feb 1, 2018

Following the first Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme panel meeting last month [January 2018], Middlezoy Arts and Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Men’s Shed (BOSHed) are the first groups to have been awarded grants, which together total nearly £10,000.

Jan 24, 2018
Social enterprises, voluntary organisations and charities in the South West can soon take advantage of a number of free support workshops, including Ready, Steady, Grow! which is delivered by Somerset Community Foundation, about growth and becoming more sustainable, and a series of leadership workshops that are being delivered by Cosmic.
Jan 18, 2018

Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme, which is managed by Somerset Community Foundation, is open to applications from charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises and the next deadline to apply is Friday 2 March. Organisations or community groups with an annual income of less than £100,000 are encouraged to apply, and successful applicants can expect to benefit from grants of up to £5,000 for projects, measures or initiatives that help to mitigate impacts from the construction of Hinkley Point C in their community. 

Jan 18, 2018

Surviving Winter, the appeal run by Somerset Community Foundation that encourages pensioners who feel they don’t want or need their Winter Fuel Payment to donate it, has just received a welcome boost in the shape of £5000 from EDF Energy – but there is still a little way to go before the appeal reaches its target of £100,000 to help 500 older people this winter.

Jan 15, 2018

New grants of up to £1,000 are available for people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or both and living in Somerset or Devon to take part in music therapy, music experiences and outdoor adventures. The grants are made possible by a new fund called Mary’s Beat, which has been created in memory of Mary Christabel Dyer.

Jan 8, 2018
Grants of up to £1,000 from the Local Community Fund, are available for local charities, voluntary or community groups, sports clubs, or social enterprises based within either Taunton Deane or West Somerset and the deadline to apply is Monday 26 February.
Dec 22, 2017
Michael Eavis CBE has joined the Bishop of Bath and Wells, celebrated potter John Leach and West Countryman Les Davies MBE, FRGS in endorsing the 2017/18 Surviving Winter appeal. Now in its eighth year, the Surviving Winter appeal, which is managed by Somerset Community Foundation, asks pensioners who can live without their Winter Fuel Payment to donate it to help local older people who are struggling to stay socially connected and warm this winter.
Dec 18, 2017
As the peal of the mighty bells rang out from the south-west tower, over 500 people filled the magnificent Wells Cathedral on Saturday night for our annual ‘Sing for Somerset’ carol service. Read more here...
Dec 15, 2017
Community Foundations around the UK are proud to announce, on Local Charities Day, that collectively we have distributed ONE BILLION POUNDS to local charities.
Dec 14, 2017
Generous Surviving Winter supporters in Somerset have already donated over £70,000 to the campaign, which aims to help keep isolated older people who are living in fuel poverty warm and connected this winter.
Dec 7, 2017
West Country legend Les Davies MBE is the latest local name to back Somerset Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter campaign. And, following a recent television appearance where Les endorsed Surviving Winter on a BBC Points West report with Clinton Rogers, the appeal has had a massive boost - with donations now well on their way to reaching 50 per cent of the £100,000 target!
Nov 30, 2017
Somerset Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter campaign is off to a great start with over 10% of the £100,000 target already raised! Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), who administer the annual award-winning programme, is also delighted to announce the latest celebrity to support the campaign, celebrated potter John Leach, who is the eldest grandson of renowned potter Bernard Leach and son of potter David Leach. Now in its eighth year, the award-winning Surviving Winter appeal asks people to think about donating some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment to help SCF reach their target of raising £100,000 to help 500 isolated and vulnerable older people this winter.
Nov 29, 2017

Our Community Christmas Dinners grant was once again a huge success, with a total of 34 grants awarded this year - twice as many as last year! Read the full story here.

Nov 23, 2017
We're delighted to announce that the Rt Rev’d Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath & Wells, has endorsed our Surviving Winter campaign again. Now in its eighth year, the award-winning Surviving Winter appeal asks people to think about donating some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment to help SCF reach their target of raising £100,000 to help 500 isolated and vulnerable older people this winter.
Nov 13, 2017
As work at Hinkley Point C continues, communities in Somerset can now apply for grants from £15 million of new funding as a result of the Hinkley Point C Project.
Nov 6, 2017

'Tis the season....! Somerset Community Foundation is once again inviting members of the public to join them for their annual Sing for Somerset carol service in the magnificent Wells Cathedral on Saturday 16 December at 7pm. Admission is free, no tickets are required and doors will open at 6.15pm.

Oct 25, 2017

The deadline for the next round of Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF) grant applications is fast approaching - Monday 13 November. Groups working with young people that may be eligible are encouraged to submit their applications to Somerset Community Foundation soon. The Youth Social Action Fund is open for grant applications of £1,000 - £5,000, and the programme aims to promote volunteering, fundraising and campaigning among young people aged between 10 and 25.

Oct 23, 2017
Somerset Community Foundation hosts an evening of inspiring philanthropy at Taunton School.
Oct 2, 2017

Funding of up to £1,000 has now become available for local charities, community groups and social enterprises, based within Taunton Deane, towards their projects, for capital purchases or for their ongoing running costs (also known as core costs) and in some cases may also benefit from additional match funding from Somerset Community Foundation. The grant is open for applications from Monday, October 2 until Friday, November 17, 2017.

Sep 26, 2017

Somerset Community Foundation and Community Council for Somerset, in partnership with Clarity CIC, have launched a survey for people living and working in communities that will be directly affected during the Hinkley Point C construction period. The survey asks individuals and local community organisations - such as parish councils, village halls and local schools - what they feel would help to improve community well-being and quality of life and the deadline to complete the survey is Monday 6 November.

Sep 25, 2017

Somerset Community Foundation has an exciting opportunity for highly motivated people to join their Board of trustees and the deadline to apply is Sunday 15 October. Vacancies are available in three specific areas: developing the strategic direction and delivery of grants programmes; promoting SCF’s ‘Inspiring Philanthropy’ role in Somerset; and overseeing the investment of SCF’s £5m endowment fund.*

Sep 21, 2017
Charities and social enterprises in Somerset could soon benefit from a new boost to the Somerset Social Enterprise Fund (SSEF), which is delivered by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF). A blended range of funding, which will combine grants with loans, is now available and funding packages will range from £25,000 to £100,000 to support groups that benefit society as well as generate financial returns.
Sep 13, 2017
Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) have bid a fond farewell to trustee and grants panel member Jane Lock after nine years of expert advice and £3.9m of grants funding to 1,787 community groups and charities across Somerset.
Sep 7, 2017
Somerset Community Foundation is delivering a defibrillator fund on behalf of Taunton Deane Borough Council (TDBC) and the deadline to apply is Saturday, September 30. Parish councils, local charities, community groups and social enterprises based within Taunton Deane can all apply for funding, which can help towards the cost of installing a public access Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
Aug 30, 2017

Somerset Community Foundation have teamed up with UnLtd to invite anyone who is interested in helping older people in their community, to register for an open event where they can discuss their ideas for setting up a project and learn more about available funding. 

Aug 24, 2017

Somerset Community Foundation is teaming up with Comic Relief to deliver part of a £2 million national investment, supporting small, community-led organisations with grants of £1,000-£5,000 towards their core running costs.

Jul 26, 2017

Somerset Community Foundation has allocated more than £18,000 to community groups and projects across Somerset through the Comic Relief Community Cash fund.
A total of twenty Comic Relief Community Cash grants of £500-£1,000 were given to local Somerset projects.

Jul 14, 2017

Somerset Community Foundation has awarded its first Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF) grants to four Somerset community groups. The YSAF is part of the national #iwill campaign which encourages young people to engage in social action - such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering. 

Jul 3, 2017
Cosmic, one of our partners on the Enhance Social Enterprise programme, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), are offering social enterprises the opportunity to attend a free digital marketing workshop at the Glass Box in Taunton on Wednesday 12 July, 1.15pm-4.30pm.
Jun 28, 2017
With a grant of £2,000 from our Medlock and Field House Trust Funds, Street Men’s Shed has recently joined a growing list of Men’s Sheds supported by Somerset Community Foundation.
Jun 19, 2017
Somerset voluntary or community groups considering submitting an application to BBC Children in Need are invited to take part in a funding workshop, which is being held in Taunton on Wednesday 5 July.
Jun 16, 2017
Our colleagues at The London Community Foundation are raising funds for the families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire via the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund.
Jun 13, 2017
We're looking for volunteers to join the EDF Energy Community Fund Awards Panel which will help communities affected by the Hinkley Point C development and build a lasting legacy in Somerset.
Jun 2, 2017
We once again opened our doors to all during The Royal Bath & West Show this June, and enjoyed tea and cake with visitors including the folk from Home-Start West Somerset and award-winning PALS.
May 23, 2017
Citizens Advice Mendip will be extending their success financial literacy project to year seven students in Sedgemoor thanks to a grant made possible by Smith & Williamson.
Apr 27, 2017
Through a combination of grant and social investment from Somerset Community Foundation, the Trident Youth and Community Centre has been able to create a new outdoor playing surface for use by the local community.
Mar 30, 2017
New paper banks in Glastonbury and Wincanton raise vital funds for Somerset Community Foundation, supporting local communities.
Mar 30, 2017
We are delighted to announce the first 'Do It' award from our 'Solutions for an Ageing Society' programme in partnership with UnLtd and funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and the South West Academic Health Science Network.
Mar 30, 2017

Over 50 voluntary sector leaders came together on March 16th to discuss challenges and opportunities in a rapidly changing environment for the sector in Somerset. 

Feb 14, 2017

A new report released this week celebrates the amazing work of the thousands of charities and voluntary groups providing vital support in our communities, but it also highlights a sector under pressure.

Feb 14, 2017
Find out about the upcoming VSCE conference for Chief Executives, Senior Managers and Trustees of local VCSE sector organisations. RSVP soon as space is limited!
Jan 26, 2017
The Huish’s Exhibition Foundation is the latest charitable trust to transfer to the stewardship of Somerset Community Foundation. Established in the nineteenth century, the trust has supported the education of young people in Taunton Deane for almost 150 years, and now it begins a new phase in its history.
Jan 16, 2017

The Youth Social Action Fund offers grants to groups working with young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old in Somerset.

Jan 12, 2017
Val Stones of Great British Bake Off fame endorses the Somerset Surviving Winter campaign!
Jan 9, 2017
Arguably Surviving Winter's original celebrity supporter, Michael Eavis once again endorses the campaign that helps vulnerable older people stay warm and connected.
Nov 30, 2016
SCF celebrates two years of social investment, helping VCSE organisations grow their talent, expand their reach and maximise their social impact.
Nov 29, 2016

When Mary Stirling of Somerton came across a wood engraving depicting The Great Flood of 1607, she was inspired to adapt the image for needlepoint. DIY kits are available now with sales benefitting SCF!


Nov 16, 2016

SCF is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of 5 national partners to support a new initiative backed by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to identify and nurture great people with ideas that will really make a difference to the lives of older people.

Oct 27, 2016
Somerset Community Foundation has been selected as an Access Point for the new Reach Fund, a £4m grant fund to support charities and social enterprises to access the investment they need to grow and diversify their income streams.
Oct 25, 2016
Somerset Community Foundation is inviting you to apply for a grant of up to £500 to reduce the loneliness and isolation experienced by older people in your community!
Oct 10, 2016
Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) welcomed Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex to their head office to meet some of the grassroots groups working on the frontline to tackle disadvantage and build vibrant communities in our county.
Oct 4, 2016
Somerset Community Foundation is proud to announce the official launch of Somerset's Vital Signs and Vital Impact Report 2015/2016.
Sep 21, 2016

Crimebeat is the High Sheriff's charity that makes grants to young people to help combat crime

Sep 19, 2016

The Unstoppables are a group of young people with special educational needs and disabilities 

Sep 16, 2016

Somerset Community Foundation will have an important role in supporting communities most affected by the construction over the next decade

Sep 12, 2016

SCF is currently recruiting a part-time External Communications Executive

Sep 1, 2016

The fund was set in 2015 in memory of Anne Dodgson and to recognise her contribution to astronomy in Somerset 

Aug 31, 2016

Got a little time to spare? Catch up with our news in the August eNewsletter

Aug 30, 2016

The TYCC fund was created to support Taunton-based charities offering opportunities for children and young people

Aug 23, 2016

Application deadlines for four SCF grant rounds are coming in September

Aug 22, 2016

Find out how SCF is helping Somerset's communities become dementia friendly 

Aug 18, 2016

We would like to hear about Somerset's favourite community and parish magazines 

Jul 29, 2016

Our July news and views are available to read online

Jul 13, 2016

Raising Aspirations matches volunteers from local businesses and community networks to provide support to young people

Jul 11, 2016

Grant funding is available for projects that work to conserve and enhance the environment, communities and economy of the Mendip Hills

Jul 6, 2016

Rachel has run 733 miles in 26 days to raise funds to support children with special educational needs

Jun 29, 2016

Add to the Vital Signs debate by tomorrow evening (30th June) and you could win a £100 donation for your favourite Somerset charity

Jun 28, 2016

Catch up on all of Somerset Community Foundation's latest news

Jun 22, 2016

A new fund has been created to support communities in the Wincanton area thanks to work with a local financial planner

Jun 21, 2016

The grant funding will be used to help the renovation of the Bayford Hall

Jun 17, 2016

Find out more about what the funding is being used for and how you can help Somerset communities become more dementia friendly

Jun 10, 2016

Rachel is raising funds for the Hidden Needs Trust

Jun 6, 2016

Somerset finalists for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service gathered in the members tent on day 1 to celebrate their nomination

May 31, 2016

Don't miss the chance to win a £100 donation for your favourite Somerset charity

May 27, 2016

This social enterprise recycles waste wood and helps volunteers gain workplace skills

May 24, 2016

Stand Against Violence is a specialist violence prevention charity based in Taunton

May 23, 2016

Sharon and Steve Reading completed the London Marathon last month to raise funds for SCF

May 20, 2016

Take our short survey to tell us about your priorities for your community, and be in with a chance to win a £100 donation for your favourite Somerset based good cause

May 13, 2016

The team including the fund's co-founder Paul Stevens will attempt this mammoth challenge on the 7th & 8th July

Apr 29, 2016

Catch up the latest news and views from Somerset Community Foundation

Apr 28, 2016

The grants have been made to enrich the education of young people from West Somerset, 

Apr 27, 2016

The VCSE Strategic Forum meets quarterly to improve communication links beween the public and VCSE Sector

Apr 25, 2016

Somerset Community Foundation will publish its first Vital Signs report in October 2016

Apr 22, 2016

SCF Chief Executive Justin Sargent selected the groups to present to the audience

Apr 21, 2016

The Taunton Deane Borough Council VCS Small Grants Fund opens for applications today

Apr 18, 2016

An evening to remember in the stunning setting of Wells Cathedral

Apr 15, 2016

Tickets are still available for the one-off performance by internationally-acclaimed choir Tenebrae

Apr 6, 2016

World-class choir Tenebrae won the Choral Award at last night's prestigious ceremony in London

Apr 4, 2016

An illustrated talk for families about the Rosetta Space Mission in Dunster Tithe Barn

Mar 31, 2016

Catch up on the latest Somerset Community Foundation news in our March eNewsletter

Mar 30, 2016

Hundreds of Somerset residents set to benefit from projects receiving funding

Mar 21, 2016

We are looking for sports teams and clubs across Somerset to get involved and become smokefree!

Mar 18, 2016

The closing date for this round of the West Somerset Youth Trust is 31 March

Mar 14, 2016

Wells SOUP is an exciting new micro-granting lunch where the audience helps to decide the outcome

Mar 11, 2016

Tickets are available from the Cathedral Box Office (01749 672 773) or from the Cathedral shop

Feb 29, 2016

Catch up on the latest Somerset Community Foundation news in our February eNewsletter

Feb 29, 2016

We're Eco are the latest recipients of a loan from the SSEF

Feb 25, 2016

This month sees the first meetings of 80 mentors from local businesses and community groups with young people in two Taunton Deane Schools

Feb 18, 2016

Call the Wells Cathedral Box Office on 01749 672 773 now to buy your tickets

Jan 29, 2016

Closing dates for various grant rounds are coming up

Jan 22, 2016

Catch up on the latest Somerset Community Foundation news in our January eNewsletter

Jan 21, 2016

Attention all donors in Somerset!

Jan 21, 2016

Can you help the elderly in your community stay warm? Read about Surviving Winter here

Jan 20, 2016

'A Hymn of Heavenly Beauty' will take place on Friday 15th April

Jan 19, 2016

We are looking for a skilled administrator to work in our office on the Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet

Jan 13, 2016

Temperatures are set to plummet in Somerset this week

Jan 7, 2016

The support and generosity of our patrons is vital to helping us transform lives across Somerset

Jan 6, 2016

Expressions of Interest welcome for Taunton Youth and Community Centre Fund

Dec 18, 2015

Catch up on the latest news in our December eNewsletter

Dec 17, 2015

The group works to improve the mental health and wellbeing of men who are alone

Dec 16, 2015

Grants were made to small voluntary community groups working to support vulnerable people over the Christmas period

Dec 16, 2015

We have raised over £40,000 towards our target of £90,000

Dec 15, 2015

Our annual carol service was held at Wells Cathedral on Saturday 12th December

Dec 15, 2015

Funding is now available from the ‘TYCC Fund’ for projects that will offer a long lasting legacy for young people in the Taunton Deane Borough Council area.

Dec 10, 2015

Andy Ridgwell will join the team on Wednesday 6th of January as Programmes Manager

Dec 9, 2015

Please support Cumbria Community Foundation as they help individuals and businesses affected by the recent floods

Dec 8, 2015

Funding available for Somerset based groups from the People’s Health Trust

Nov 30, 2015

Catch up on the latest news in our monthly eNewsletter


Nov 26, 2015

The first blast of cold weather hit the south west this weekend - people in your community will be struggling to stay warm

Nov 20, 2015

Congratulations to Peter Wyman on his selection to Chair the Care Quality Commission

Nov 18, 2015

A cheque presentation was held at the Riverside Youth Centre in Dulverton 

Nov 16, 2015

Sing for Somerset takes place at 7pm at Wells Cathedral on Saturday 12th December - doors open at 6:15pm

Nov 12, 2015

At the end of the first day £1,000 has already been donated to the Surviving Winter Campaign.  If you would like to contribute, please click here

Nov 12, 2015

Better off recipients of the Winter Fuel Payment are already donating to Somerset's Surviving Winter Campaign launched today.

Nov 3, 2015

Join us for our annual carol service at Wells Cathedral on the 12th December

Nov 2, 2015

Catch up on the latest news in our monthly eNewsletter

Oct 29, 2015

Snap up your Christmas cards early and support disadvantaged young people in Somerset

Oct 28, 2015

Find out what funders look for at a free event in Bridgwater

Oct 26, 2015

This year's Annual Celebration was held at the stunning North Cadbury Court

Oct 14, 2015

Taunton Athletic Club benefits from the very first loan to be given from the Somerset Social Enterprise Fund

Oct 5, 2015

Somerset Community Foundation is looking for a part-time Programmes Manager based at the Royal Bath & West Showground

Oct 2, 2015

The latest grant round aims to support groups and charities working in Taunton Deane preparing for Christmas

Sep 28, 2015

Catch up on the latest news in our monthly e-newsletter

Sep 23, 2015

Help the Benchmark Trust support young people across Somerset at their upcoming fundraising events! 

Sep 22, 2015

The Foundation is working in partnership with Somerset's Public Health team to help groups plan for the effects of cold weather

Sep 21, 2015

The latest round of the Smokefree Somerset Alliance Grants Programme is open for applications

Sep 16, 2015

An independent evaluation of the £1.5million Flood Relief Fund has praised the work carried out by SCF

Aug 28, 2015

Catch up on the latest news in our monthly e-newsletter

Aug 24, 2015

Somerset Community Foundation launches the Anne Dodgson Fund to help Somerset residents access science education through astronomy

Aug 21, 2015

Are you prepared for winter? Free planning workshop for Somerset community group leaders

Aug 19, 2015

Keen golfers braved wet and windy August weather to support the Captains' Fund

Jul 27, 2015

Click here to find out more about some of the projects funded in the latest foundation grant round

Jul 22, 2015

Catch up on the latest news in our monthly e-newsletter

Jul 20, 2015

Crowdfunding is a new way for people to raise money, awareness and support for great ideas.

Jul 15, 2015

Crispin School in Street hosted their annual Raising Aspirations tea party last week

Jul 15, 2015

Mrs Jane Barrie OBE DL has been appointed as our next Chairman and Somerset’s new Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Annie Maw has also been appointed as our Honorary President

Jul 13, 2015

Benchmark was formerly the registered charity of Somerset Magistrates - click through to read more

Jul 10, 2015

Somerset Community Foundation held a breakfast breifing at Ashfords LLP in Taunton to inform and educate professional advisors about the SSEF

Jul 3, 2015

SCF held open evenings at Court Fields School and Taunton Academy to attract new mentors from the Wellington and Taunton area

Jun 26, 2015

Support Team Lowland Rats on their West African adventure to raise money for Somerset charities!

Jun 19, 2015

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Jun 15, 2015

Somerset Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of our latest fund called Elliot’s Touch

Jun 15, 2015

Members of the Millfield Student Charity Committee & SCF Deputy Chief Executive Mary Hancock were invited to speak on Glastonbury FM's  Community Show

Jun 11, 2015
A free seminar on 14 July in Taunton for organisations working with children and young people in Somerset to explore the outcomes that funders and commissioners look for.
Jun 10, 2015

Grant application deadlines for Foundation Grants and the Comic Relief Communities Programme have been extended

Jun 1, 2015

Grants are now available to support community projects that will have a lasting legacy for the residents of Taunton Deane

May 29, 2015

Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens visited the SCF office during the Bath & West show

May 29, 2015

Somerset Community Foundation is celebrating after a raffle held at the Royal Bath & West Show yesterday raised money for the Somerset Youth Fund

May 27, 2015

Fancy dinner with Julian Fellowes? Breakfast with Paul Nicholls and his stable stars?

May 22, 2015

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May 20, 2015

Dinner with Julian Fellowes, a morning on the Gallops with Paul Nicholls, a Race Day at Wincanton and a Luxury Hamper to be raffled off at the Bath & West Show - buy tickets & support the Somerset Youth Fund!


May 18, 2015

The inaugural Taunton Deane Mayor’s Fund Award Ceremony took place last Friday at Queens College

May 13, 2015

Help Somerset County Council’s public health team decide who the new provider of public health services in the county will be

May 8, 2015

Tone Ability FC is celebrating after receiving £1,500 from SCF, thanks to contributions from Summerfield Developments and the Somerset Freemasons.

May 6, 2015

Hamdon Youth Group, who provide fun and safe weekly meetings for young people recived the grant to help with rental costs of their premises

Apr 29, 2015

The Community Council for Somerset is recruiting for more Village Agents across the county


Apr 24, 2015

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Apr 17, 2015

Phase 3 grants from the Somerset Flood Relief Fund for home recovery are still available.


Apr 15, 2015

Somerset Community Foundation held a beneficiaries lunch with property development company Summerfield at their Taunton office on Thursday, as a way of saying thank you to the firm for their grant making in the local area.


Apr 10, 2015

Representatives from the Youth Group attended a lunch reception at Clarke Willmott’s Taunton office last week, which brought together charities and community groups funded by Somerset Community Foundation.


Apr 8, 2015

Somerset Community Foundation will launch an exciting expansion of our successful mentoring programme, Raising Aspirations, to Taunton Academy in Taunton and Court Fields School in Wellington this Spring.


Apr 1, 2015

As a result of planned succession,  we will have a small number of vacancies on our Board in Autumn 2015


Mar 30, 2015

Somerset Community Foundation hosted a workshop at the Ridgeway Hall in Langport, to discuss community transport issues in the county.


Mar 18, 2015

As part of our partnership with Somerset County Council to create and manage the Somerset Social Enterprise Fund (SSEF) we held a networking event at the Monk's Yard near Ilminster.


Mar 18, 2015

Somerset Community Foundation looks at the work carried out over the past year to help residents who were affected by the floods, and the projects being planned to support the area in the future. 


Mar 13, 2015

What types of groups does the Big Lottery Fund want to fund? What are private donors looking for in an application? What opportunities does crowdfunding present?


Mar 11, 2015

Looking for funding to build sustainability? Somerset Community Foundation is pleased to signpost the launch of the Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA) for 2015.


Mar 9, 2015

Care and Share Time, a group for lonely elderly residents in the Yeovil area, received a grant through Somerset Community Foundation in June 2014. Read about the impact of the grant on the group and its members here.


Feb 20, 2015

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Feb 20, 2015

Click through to read a brief update and view the latest infographic for the Somerset Flood Relief Fund


Feb 18, 2015

The first grant is awarded from the Somerset Youth Fund to support five youth clubs in West Somerset.  


Feb 16, 2015

This is your chance to raise money for the Youth Fund, whilst celebrating the first ever Somerset Day! 


Feb 16, 2015

Somerset Community Foundation is pleased to announce details of a Community Transport Workshop in Langport.


Feb 11, 2015

Grants are now available to support community projects that will have a lasting legacy for the residents of Taunton Deane.

Feb 2, 2015

The Surviving Winter appeal needs a further £13,000 to meet urgent demand from charity partners


Feb 2, 2015

Red Nose Day Community Cash available for groups across Somerset - apply now!


Jan 23, 2015

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Jan 21, 2015

Somerset resident leaves a legacy that will continue to help communities and residents for many years to come.


Jan 21, 2015

Somerset sports clubs receive grants to become 'smokefree' environments and educate young people


Jan 19, 2015

Tackling loneliness in Somerset - 147 people attend Christmas Day Lunch at St Benedict's Church in Glastonbury.


Jan 16, 2015

Two charity dinner events in Taunton raise £5,850.00 for The Deane Dragons project - next event being held on the 11th February.


Jan 14, 2015

Justin Sargent, SCF Chief Executive, was invited to an exclusive charity reception at No. 10 Downing Street hosted by Samantha Cameron.


Jan 14, 2015

Small voluntary or community groups in the Frome area are invited to our 'Meet the Funders' event.

Jan 7, 2015

Funding available from the Active Communities Programme for community projects in Somerset

Dec 23, 2014
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Dec 17, 2014
Focusing on two groups who address a compelling need at Christmas
Dec 17, 2014
Sing for Somerset 2014 kicked off the festive season in style!
Dec 10, 2014

Taunton based charity On Your Bike, recipients of a grant from Somerset Community Foundation at the beginning of 2014, announce that three of their trainee beneficiary mechanics have passed their Cytech 2 assessments.


Dec 3, 2014
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Nov 28, 2014
Strode College offers exclusive deals on pamper sessions for charity workers in Somerset and SCF mentors!
Nov 26, 2014

Somerset Community Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria Malcolm as their new Marketing and Events Executive.

Nov 18, 2014

Social enterprises in Somerset could benefit from a loan of between £10,000 and £100,000 from Somerset Community Foundation. 


Nov 13, 2014

Surviving Winter has launched today through local media partners with a goal to raise £100,000 to help older people stay warm and healthy this winter.  



Nov 3, 2014
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Oct 29, 2014
A corporate supporter of the Somerset Youth Fund accompanies Mary Hancock on a visit to Somerset Rural Youth Project.
Oct 22, 2014
A £500 grant, available through Somerset Community Foundation, is being offered to sports clubs across Somerset with outdoor facilities, which coach young people between the ages of 10-16.
Oct 21, 2014
Supporters, friends and recipients of grants attended Somerset Community Foundation’s Annual Celebration last week. Keynote speaker, Tracey Bleakley, spoke about her involvement in the successful campaign for financial education to be in the National Curriculum in England and also the life cycle of a charity, from inception to merger.
Oct 7, 2014
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Sep 30, 2014
Our innovative mentoring programme ‘Raising Aspirations’ pairs young people at risk of under-achievement at Crispin School in Street with a mentor who can encourage and support them. The programme has been shown to make a difference and is rewarding for both mentors and young people. We are currently recruiting mentors for this academic year: could YOU use your skills and experience to change a young person’s future?
Aug 15, 2014
We’re continuing to celebrate the UN’s International Youth Day this week by highlighting our newly launched Somerset Youth Fund and local charities making a difference, such as Streetspace.
Aug 14, 2014

This is the second in a series of articles highlighting the work of charities across Somerset that work with young people, celebrating the launch of the Somerset Youth Fund. 

Aug 13, 2014
This week we’re looking at charities across Somerset that work with young people to highlight our newly launched Somerset Youth Fund.
Aug 12, 2014

Somerset Community Foundation are celebrating the UN’s International Youth Day on Tuesday, August 12 by highlighting the newly launched Somerset Youth Fund.


Aug 6, 2014
Somerset Community Foundation will be offering an additional flat-rate grant of £500 to flooded households as the recovery efforts continue.
Jul 30, 2014
Wadworth, the Devizes-based brewer, has donated £2,046 to Somerset Community Foundation to help those affected by the floods on the Somerset levels.
Jul 29, 2014
Crispin School pupils participating in the Raising Aspirations programme host a tea party as a thank you to their mentors.
Jul 22, 2014

Council Leader Cllr John Osman approves new fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation, to support social enterprises in Somerset.

Jun 20, 2014
Employees of Francis Clark will scale the highest summits for Somerset Community Foundation.
May 22, 2014
In celebration of this year's Bath and West Show, we have teamed up with Ston Easton Park Hotel to offer everyone one lucky winner a luxury night away for two.
May 14, 2014

Anna Clifford and Tom Stokes will be running the Edinburgh Marathon on 25th May in support of the Somerset Flood Relief Fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation. 


May 2, 2014
Francis Clark employees and Somerset Community Foundation trustees collected hundreds of pounds for the Somerset Flood Relief Fund at Taunton Racecourse last week.
Mar 19, 2014

Seabrook Clark and Somerset Community Foundation have teamed up to offer a free day of talks and networking in Taunton! 

Feb 28, 2014
Two months after the launch of our Flood Relief Grants programme, Somerset Community Foundation has awarded over £122k worth of emergency grants and raised over £660k for the relief effort.
Feb 25, 2014
It’s been a busy month at Somerset Community Foundation, but thanks to volunteers from across the county, it's smooth sailing through these wet times here in the office.
Feb 21, 2014

From coffee shops to law firms, beauty salons to high street retailers, dozens of Somerset Businesses are doing their bit to raise money for flood relief.


Feb 4, 2014

HRH The Prince of Wales attended a reception at Stoke St Gregory villllage hall today to hear first hand about the plight of rural communities who are struggling with severe floodings as a result of the wettest January since records began.

In response, the Prince's Countryside Fund has announced it will donate £25,000 from its Emergency Fund to the Foundation's Emergency Flood Relief Appeal.


Jan 31, 2014

Somerset Community Foundation’s Emergency Flood Relief Fund has grown to almost £70,000 towards its £150,000 target. Dozens of emergency relief grants have been issued already, and now the Foundation is broadening the scope of its support. The appeal has received endorsement from the Bishop of Taunton, the Rt. Revd Peter Maurice and MP for Somerton and Frome, David Heath CBE.


Jan 22, 2014
In partnership with Quartet Community Foundation, we are distributing a £75,000 Sport Relief Communities Cash fund to communities across the West of England.  Click on the headline above to find out more.
Jan 8, 2014

Somerset Community Foundation has launched an Emergency Flood Relief Fund thanks to a £50,000 donation from Somerset County Council.

Nov 29, 2013

Somerset Community Foundation is pleased to introduce our newest Somerset Business Guardians.

Nov 29, 2013

Somerset Community Foundation held its Annual Celebration in November at
Pennard House in East Pennard, with key note speaker Lord Wei of Shoreditch
inspiring over 170 guests.

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